Seattle-based design studio Modern Dog’s heady mix of cheeky humor and punk rock aesthetics makes them unique among design firms — and a hell of a lot of fun. Gathered here for the first time is their groundbreaking work in poster design over the past two decades. Posters for theater, events, music, social issues, and self-promotion run the gamut of approaches and attitudes, but always reflects founders Michael Strassbuger and Robynne Raye’s distinctive eye. What’s more — and unusual in a design monograph — their text is laugh-out-loud funny on nearly every page. Interviews with Michael and Robynne by design luminaries James Victore and Rick Valicenti and an essay by critic Steven Heller illuminate the working methods of these creators of iconic and irreverent fin-de-siecle design.
Michael Strassburger and Robynne Raye are cofounders of Modern Dog. Their work has been exhibited internationally, is in the archives of major libraries, and is collected by museums worldwide.
– Chronicle Books